Swan & Snow Geese

Last Saturday, I went on a scouting trip to Pocosin Lakes NWR for photo tour/workshop I will be leading on January 31st. I will be leading the Goldsboro Area Photography Club, based out of Goldsboro, NC, for a day trip to Pocosin Lakes and Lake Mattamuskeet. I went with a few of the leaders of the club, Mike, Chip, Tim & Tom. They had been to the area once before but hadn't witnessed the large flocks of swan or snow geese. The weather was absolutely beautiful! Couldn't have asked for a better day. I hope the day of the workshop will be the same! Here are my favorites!

Tundra Swans at first light.
Swans in impoundment
Flock of Tundra Swan

After shooting for about 10 minutes or so I began to slow down my shutter speed and photograph them at 100th of second of slower. This allows me to show movement. You then can get a feeling of how fast these birds really are. Here are a couple examples.

 This was one of my favorite images of the day. I love when the snow geese arrive every year

This was one of my favorite images of the day. I love when the snow geese arrive every year

While we were photographing the Snow Geese flying and landing in the field. I just happen to look back and saw this beautiful scene. As the sun began to set, it was lighting the limbs of this tree creating a circle around it. I waited for the right moment when the sun began to enter a gap in the tree and created this sunset image. You never know what you my seen when you are out photographing. That's what I love most about photographing nature and wildlife.

I'll be posting a review of the workshop next week. Check back soon!